Metro Council Removes Jail Move, Police HQ Move, Flood Wall from Budget
Metro Council voted Tuesday to remove the $100-million dollar flood wall and the relocation of the jail to Antioch and the headquarters of the Metro Police from the budget. FOX 17's Sky Arnold is at the meeting and will report LIVE on FOX 17 News at 9pm.
Sheriff Daron Hall released a statement regarding news that the jail won't be moved, saying he hopes next mayor will take on issue.
"Tonight’s council vote to remove funding for the relocation of our operations to Southeast Nashville was a very important decision for our city. As we have said, doing nothing about the conditions and long range future of our downtown facilities is not an option. The issues at the Criminal Justice Center are well documented and need serious attention now," Hall said. "My hope is that the serious problems we face will remain at the forefront as a new mayor and city council take office later this year."
Mayor Karl Dean released a statement, expressing his disappointment with all three proposals being rejected.
"The Council has voted, and I thank them for their consideration. Obviously, I am disappointed in the results of three crucial votes removing needed projects from the city’s capital improvement budget. Each of these proposals would have funded important public safety infrastructure that the city shouldn’t put off. I hope these projects will be taken up by the next administration and Council because these issues aren’t going away.
In my eight years in office, our city has experienced two 500-year flood events. Moving forward with the flood protection system would have been the responsible thing to do as we work to protect all of Nashville from future floods. Downtown is the cultural heart and economic engine of Nashville, so it is unfortunate that we will not be protecting the downtown jobs and residents that add to our entire city’s vitality. I am disappointed for the many Nashvillians – including downtown businesses and neighbors from every part of our city – who worked hard in support of flood protection for our city.
Relocating the police headquarters and Sheriff’s operations would have set up the city’s public safety infrastructure for decades to come. Chief Anderson has long been committed to building strong community-police relations throughout our city, and we offered a community process to try to determine the best location for the headquarters facility. Sheriff Hall made the case that centralizing the Sheriff’s operations was the most financially sound decision to make. The proposed site already houses hundreds of inmates on property owned by the city and out of view of the general public. Our city needs public safety facilities that are safe and efficient.
I want to thank the Council for approving the rest of the capital spending plan, which will fund a new Family Justice Center on Murfreesboro Road, renovations of Overton and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools, a new elementary school in Cane Ridge, new community centers, $25 million for sidewalks, $18 million for open space acquisition and numerous other projects that will benefit our great city."